Ø Sun Safety Use sunscreen, sunglasses and cover up. Over exposure to the suns UV rays can not only cause sunburn but can lead to skin cancer, eye damage, immune system suppression and premature aging. Protect yourself on cloudy days too. You can still get burned on a cloudy day.
Ø Hot Weather Cool off when it gets too hot with cool showers, baths or swims. Anyone not accustomed to hot weather is at risk of suffering from cramps, heat exhaustion or even heatstroke. Seek medical attention if someone has symptoms of heat related illness. Don’t leave children or pets in closed vehicles. Stay hydrated and head for the shade when the temperature gets too hot.
Ø Water Safety Every child should know how to swim. More than one in five drowning victims are children 14 years old and younger. In the St Johnsbury area, if you or your children want to learn to swim you can do so for free at the Kiwanis pool. Call them at 748-5031 for a schedule.
Ø Impaired Driving Lots of summer cocktails have a deceptive amount of alcohol in them. They taste really good and go down easy, but still have a kick. Don’t get trapped by drinking more alcohol than you are aware of. If you are drinking, do not drive. Designate a non-drinking driver.
Ø Fireworks Safety In 2010, fireworks caused estimated 15,500-reported fires, including 1,100 structure fires. These fires resulted in an estimated 8,600 people treated in emergency rooms for fireworks-related injuries, 39 percent of whom were under 15 years of age.
Ø Insects Use effective insect repellent to protect against mosquitoes and ticks. They can be carriers of West Nile Virus and Lyme disease respectively.
Ø Poison Ivy. Learn what poison ivy looks like and avoid it. If you are exposed, clean the exposed skin with rubbing alcohol followed by soap and water.
Vermont summers go by quickly. Enjoy the great weather while it is here and be safe.